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(NEW YORK) — A winter storm that has blanketed the Pacific Northwest with snow and ice continued its journey across the country Friday, threatening more snow and bitter cold temperatures from the Rocky Mountains through the Great Lakes region.

The storm is forecast to arrive in Minneapolis around 6:30 p.m. ET and could leave behind 6 to 10 inches of fresh snow in the area. The coast-to-coast weather system is expected to sweep into the Northeast region after midnight, where inland areas could see over 6 inches of snow locally, according to ABC News meteorologists.

By Saturday morning, New York City could have 2 to 3 inches of fresh snow while Boston is expected to receive 3 to 5 inches. But that won’t be the end of the storm’s wrath. A second arctic front is forecast to bring frigid cold and another burst of snow to the Midwest region Saturday night, from Chicago to Kansas City to Oklahoma City, according to ABC News meteorologists.

Wind chills, or “feels-like” temperatures, will be below freezing for much of the country by Sunday morning, with the coldest of -49 degrees Fahrenheit expected to be in Minneapolis, according to ABC News senior meteorologist Max Golembo.

“Behind this snowstorm, we have even colder temperatures for the Midwest and the South this time,” Golembo said.

As of Friday morning, 38 states were under winter weather alerts, including Texas and Arizona, which usually boast warmer climes.

As the winter storm moves east, ABC News meteorologists said moderate to heavy rain is in store for much of southern California and parts of southern Arizona Friday.

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